Salutation has been quite highly tried since winning a small race at Nottingham in May. But he looked ready for a rest when disappointing in this grade at Haydock last week and may struggle to give 10lb to BIG THUNDER. Sir Mark Prescott is bringing along the grey in typically patient fashion and, though 8lb higher than when beaten half-a-length on the Polytrack last month, he can get back to winning ways here. Perfect Cracker likes it here though is probably high enough in the weights at present, though still preferred to Lutine Charlie who is 4lb out of the handicap.
Salutation (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Double Discount (9-4) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Perfect Cracker 9-2 (9-8) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in last pair, good headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, driven and no impression over 1f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Duke Of Perth (8-13) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Lutine Charlie (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase 2f out, edged left and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Lord Franklin (9-6) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Big Thunder 5-4fav (9-1) Slowly away, headway on wide outside to track leaders 6f out, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden to lead approaching 2f out, clear over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Press Room (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.